June 3, 1860

in Thoreau’s Journal:

These are the clear breezy days of early June, when the leaves are young and few, and the sorrel not yet in its prime.  Perceive the meadow fragrance.


Am surprised to [see] some twenty or more crows in a flock still, cawing about us.

The roads are strewn with red maple seed. The pine shoots have grown generally from three to six inches, and begin to make a distinct impression, even at some distance of white and brown above their dark green. The foliage of deciduous trees is still rather yellow-green than green.

There are in the Boulder Field several of the creeping juniper which grow quite flat on the ground, somewhat like the empetrum, most elevated in the middle….

Tree-toads heard…. There are various sweet scents in the air now. Especially, as I go along an arbor-vitae hedge, I perceive a very distinct fragrance like strawberries from it.